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Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is Southeast Asia’s only land-locked country.

A French colony until 1953, Laos is largely mountainous, with the most fertile land found along the Mekong plains. It is intersected by a multitude of rivers and streams, the most important of which is the mighty Mekong River.

It is also known as “The Land of a Million Elephants” (a translation from its historic nickname of “Lane Xang”), though its elephant population is fast dwindling.

Popular Attractions

Laos offers something for every type of traveller. Explore these attractions and discover different aspects of the country. Champasak • Bolaven Plateau • Si Phan Don (Four...

Popular Cycling Spots

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore Laos and enjoy its captivating scenery. Here are some of the country’s best spots for...

Popular Caves To Explore

Cave explorers are in for a treat as Laos is home to many majestic caves. Check out the stunning karst formations, underground rivers and...

Encounters With Wildlife

Laos is home to a sizable population of different animal species including endangered ones. Here are the places to go to see the country’s...

Popular Kayaking Spots

Enjoy scenic views of Laos’ landscapes and riverside villages while paddling on its rivers. These are some of the most popular spots for kayaking. Don...

Lao Specialities

Packed with herbs, fresh vegetables and chillies, Laotian food is colourful and full of flavour. Don't leave the country without getting a taste of...

Popular Rock Climbing Areas

Rock climbers will enjoy scaling Laos’ awesome limestone karsts. Here are some of the country’s best climbing spots. Luang Prabang • Eagle Wall (Pak Ou) • Gecko...

Popular Street Food Markets

Laos’ best easts can be found on the streets or in food markets. Head for these markets to sample the country’s mouthwatering street food. Luang...

Best Trekking Spots & Trails

Laos has trails and treks that explore ethnic villages, mountains, caves, rivers, waterfalls, jungles, forests, tea plantations and more. Experience the country’s scenic landscapes...

Laotian Souvenirs

You’ll find a wide range of handmade products, many of which are produced by Laos’ ethnic tribes. Here are some of the best locally...

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